First, I’d like to congratulate Mr. Baker on making a reasonable sounding argument, but why does he persist in insulting those with whom he disagrees?
He reviews history to advance his point about being realistic, but in fact he ends up as a pessimist, declaring that focusing on electing people to improve good policy is “unrealistic.”
Further his concept of history remains static; nowhere acknowledging the effect of the Vietnam War on our culture. The differences between generations apparently arise out of nowhere – nor does he mention the present extreme inequality affecting our politics.
Finally, Mr. Baker yearns for the “Greatest Generation” ignoring the inevitability of change arising from new intelligence, new technology and greater aspirations. Sadly, the thrust of his thinking divides us, creates enemies and fails to remember the humanity of us all. I think “E Pluribus Unum” cannot be realized from such thinking.